APR 2014

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A P R I L 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 43 The Waterford Marriott Hotel, a four-diamond property, is near Bricktown, the Nichols Hills shopping area, and the central business district. With 197 hotel rooms and 32 suites, fine American cuisine at the Blue Fire Grille, an onsite health club and spa and five Oklahoma City area golf courses nearby, the Waterford provides a great atmosphere for meeting atten- dees. It offers ten meeting rooms and 8,000 square feet of total meeting space, and the Grand Ballroom with a capacity of 400. Conveniently located just five minutes from Will Rogers World Airport and near the Bricktown entertainment district, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Saddleback Inn & Confer- ence Center offers over 5,000 square feet of conference facilities including meeting rooms, presentation rooms, and banquet halls. The conference center accommodates up to 400 guests theatre-style and 200 guests seated at round tables.The meeting rooms feature the latest wireless and hard-wired high speed Internet, and audiovi- sual rentals are avail- able. Located just north of down- town, the Crowne Plaza Oklahoma City is a short drive from Will Rogers World Airport and the hip Bricktown entertainment district with its excellent dining and nightlife options. The Crowne Plaza is equipped with an out- door pool and whirlpool, business and fitness centers, complimentary Wi-Fi, and 13,000 square feet of flexible event space. The Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton, which occupy a single tower in the Bricktown Entertainment District, opened in January and include 155 and 100 rooms respectively with a combined 6,000 square feet of meeting space. The Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-Bricktown, which will include 134 guest rooms and approxi- mately 5,000 square feet of meeting space, a Holiday Inn Express in Bricktown, and the Ambassador Hotel in Midtown are also set to open in 2014. These additional properties will bring the total number of hotel rooms in down- town Oklahoma City to approximately 2,100. State Fair Park will soon have a new 300,000-square-foot public event building. Projected to be completed in 2015, the new building will replace the current Travel & Transportation Building on the east side of State Fair Park. ■ O K L A H O M A C I T Y Interesting Spots To Meet In Oklahoma City ON THE HORIZON Oklahoma City is set to build a brand new, $252 million Convention Center, projected to open in 2019. The proposed center is set to be built just south of the Myriad Botanical Gardens & Tropical Conservatory and across the street from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. 23-52 CS April 2014_Layout 1 3/27/14 4:21 PM Page 43

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